Linda was feeling sick so I went without her to the upen mic at the Ugly Mug. It was my most ragged performance, but it was what it was, at least I was there...shared the song I wrote yesterday and maybe that was part of the problem. I was not totally confident with the song. The second song was better, but someone came in at the start and was talking over me. I never know what to do when that happens and it's rare when it happens at the Ugly Mug. Ignore the person and push on? Sing louder? Just stop? In the end I decided to push on and eventually he stopped.
The third song was a cover, If I Were a Carpenter. Again, I did not feel totally confident playing it, but all I can say is that I did the best I could.
As far as far as themes are concerned, my new song is strongly Social Justice, while the second original I sang is Urban Life/Relationships.
I had a good talk with a guy named Will, who is a fantastic performer and songwriter. Next time I will bring my cards and pass them out, with this blog address on it. I hope to make a few good friends at the Ugly Mug.
I also met a great harmonica player named Don. He's the only black artist who comes to these events, but he fits right in. The core group has known one another for a long time and they play an integration of country-folk-blues-bluegrass that works extremely well.
Part of my problem is that my guitar playing/composition are not up to their level, though my singing/lyric writing are. Yet, I did fine till last night (I felt).
Oh, well. I'm glad I went though. Nothing is perfect. But just to get up off the couch and start to get to know people IS the perfect thing to do on a Wednesday night.
Linda has stomach problems that are really worrying me but she has an appointment with a gastroenterologist, but too far away. I will call them back today to plead for an earlier appointment--again.